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Michigan vs. Nebraska - 9/22/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-2) at Michigan Wolverines (2-1)
Date & Time Saturday September 22, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -18.5 -- Over/Under: 50
TV Channel
FS1
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CFB | Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-2) at Michigan Wolverines (2-1)
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday in college football action at Michigan Stadium.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers look for their first win of the season to prevent their first 0-3 start in well over a decade. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost six of their last eight road games. Adrian Martinez is completing 75 percent of his passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Martinez and Andrew Bunch have combined for three touchdown passes and three interceptions. Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman have combined for 251 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Mike Williams has three receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 258 yards per contest, and Greg Bell leads the way with 168 yards on 27 carries. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 28.5 points and 324 yards per game. Mohamed Barry leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 15 tackles, Luke Gifford has 2.5 sacks and Lamar Jackson has one interception. 

The Michigan Wolverines look for their third straight victory to keep pace in the Big Ten East. The Michigan Wolverines have won 14 of their last 16 home games. Shea Patterson is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 589 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Patterson has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last 10 games. Donovan Peoples-Jones and Zach Gentry have combined for 275 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Nico Collins has five receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 187.6 yards per contest, and Karan Higdon leads the way with 228 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 15.7 points and 276.3 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Michigan Wolverines with 23 tackles, Rashan Gary has one sack and Brandon Watson has one interception.

The Cornhuskers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wolverines are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. The over is 25-11-1 in Wolverines last 37 games overall and the over is 6-2 in Cornhuskers last 8 road games.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers have had scoring issues through the first two games, and that came against lesser defensive teams at home. Now the Cornhuskers have a banged up quarterback and are going to the big house to play one of the most physical teams in the country. The Michigan Wolverines should be able to feast defensively in this contest, and you have to be pleased with the improved play from Patterson at quarterback, as he's starting to look like the guy we expected to see from the start. I'm never a fan of big numbers, but Nebraska hasn't played well at home, so expecting a turnaround in Michigan is unlikely.

Pick:
Michigan Wolverines -18.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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